What is the essence of being a “Geek?”
Here are some common mistakes:
- Purchasing and displaying a “Geeky” brand of printed materials
- Wearing T-shirts displaying “Geeky” fictional characters or phrases
- Wearing a particular shape of “Geeky” eyeglasses
- Memorizing trivia and dialogue from “Geeky” movies
- Participating in “Geeky” games that are definitely not physical sports
- Attending “Geeky” pop culture events with 150,000 other “Geeks.”
In other words, spend your money in a certain way, and you’ll be a “Geek.”
Oops, someone forgot:
The essence of “Geek” is being a Social Reject.
(Have fun arguing about the definition all you want, but it all comes down to that.)
So it seems Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Olivia Munn are confused.
You can’t be Extremely Likable, a.k.a. Popular, a.k.a. Famous — and also be a Social Reject.
Therefore, if people pay money and stand in line just to meet you and tell you how awesome you are, you’re not a Geek. You’re just another Mainstream Celebrity.
Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of these so-called “Geeky” things, either. At least in my opinion. I have nothing against the people named above, because I’d be happy to play D&D with them. Like them, I’m thrilled to watch any corporate-funded sci-fi / fantasy / adventure movie. My studio has a life-size Stormtrooper poster on the door. I even wear black-rimmed glasses.
But I am most definitely a Social Reject. A Social Reject from Geek Culture, because I’m not on T.V. And I’m not on T.V. because I’m not good looking and / or funny enough. I’m not into offensively playing games of Social Dominance. It’s High School all over again. And isn’t making up for High School what Celebrity Geek Culture is all about?
Help me, Sylvester McMonkey McBean.
(P.S. I wrote a 30-minute animated TV show pilot about this.)